Sydney to Honolulu redemption options for using Qantas Points with another airline?

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Hi,

I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to use Qantas points to get to Honolulu.

I’m hoping there’s a better deal out there then flying Qantas/Jetstar.  Qantas wants to use up 64000 points and nearly $500 pp in surcharges.

Dates are still open, not thinking about going until next year.

Thanks,

Libby

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Hi Libby,

I’ve been in your shoes before! It’s quite frustrating.  

SYD-HNL return varies in miles and points between Jetstar and Qantas.  If you can get direct flights with Jetstar alone, then you’re looking at handing over 57,600 points +$411 in fees (with only 20kg checked bag each way) on the Qantas Frequent Flyer (QFF) website. 

If you can get direct flights with Qantas to HNL, you’re looking at handing over 72,000 points + $521 in fees (although you’ll get 2 x 23kg baggage allowance).

If you go for a mix of Jetstar/Qantas, or if you have to take flights via Melb/Brisbane first, those points and fees will change slightly, but will be within those limits above.

Generally, to use Qantas points with any other airlines, you’ll need to redeem more points (and sometimes a lot more), than you do with Qantas.  On routes that Qantas/Jetstar flies, it’s just not economical to use Qantas points.

In this case, I’m not sure if any of Qantas’ partners actually fly the SYD-HNL route, so you don’t have many options.

You might find that depending on the time of year you want to travel, the cost of a full price returns tickets to HNL is above $1,000 (with Jetstar) and even higher with Qantas.  If awards are available at this time, then it could be worthwhile using the points.  

However, in my opinion, if you’re able to get a cheap sale fare with Jetstar (sometimes as low as $600 return), you’d be much better holding on to your Qantas points, accumulating more and redeeming for a business class flight to Asia!

Let me know if my response throws up more questions for you!

Jack

 

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Hi Libby,

I used points over Xmas 2014. I bought a cheap economy ticket and used 46,000 for the upgrade to business. Not sure if it was the most economical use of points but sounds like it may be slightly better value than what you propose.

The flight now has the new A330 operating so the seats are lie flat which is brilliant going over because all flights depart in the evening.

Didn’t feel an upgrade was needed coming back as it was a day flight so it was tolerable to sit in economy.

BS

  • Thanks BS. That's not a bad way suggestion actually. Are upgrades with points relatively easy to get? Does it need to be a certain type of economy fare?

  • As far as I know, the discount economy and economy require the same amount of points to upgrade to business. Qantas list it here:

    https://www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/do/dyns/upgradeCalculator

    So, the cheaper you can get the flight, the better

    We (my wife and I) travelled on Xmas Eve and received the upgrade (which we didn't think we would). I also think that the upgrade is not guaranteed so you may want to search for a classic award if you have your heart set on business.

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Hi Jack,

I suspected this might be the case but was hoping there was some secret out there 🙂

Thanks so much for your reply.  I think I’ll do as you’ve suggested and wait for a cheap Jetstar flight and use the points for something else.

Thanks,

Libby

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